Mallory Horne Dies at Age 84/Funeral Arrangements Set

By: Denise Wong Email
By: Denise Wong Email

Update Friday Night:

Mallory Horne's funeral will be at Faith Presbyterian in Tallahassee located at 2200 N. Meridian Rd. Monday April 4th at 2:30pm.

A celebration of his life will immediately follow at the Maddox Horne law firm, at 502 N. Adams Street.
Floridians are mourning the loss of Mallory Horne.
The longtime former legislator made his mark as the only person in this century to serve as state Senate president and speaker of the House, making him an influential force in Florida.

"Wherever Mallory Horne was, you knew he was going to be in charge," says William Stafford, a retired judge.

Voters elected Horne, a Leon County Democrat, to the Florida House in 1955. He became House speaker in 1962. He joined the state Senate four years later.

Horne is most known for fighting to keep Tallahassee as the state capital and trying to streamline the executive branch.

"I don't think there's anybody that North Florida owes more to," says former Florida governor John Wayne Mixson. "If we could quantify all the contributions that Mallory Horne did for this area and to this city, it is a staggering contribution."

Horne left the legislature in 1974 after failing to get the Democratic nod for U.S. Senate. Just two weeks ago, the state Senate named a room in the capitol in Horne's honor.

"It's just a sad day for us older people that the good ones are leaving us," says Mixson.

Mallory Horne died Thursday morning after a battle with lung cancer. He was 84 years old.

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